2013–14 Australian bushfire season
|2013–14 Australian bushfire season|
|Date(s)||Winter (June) 2013 – Autumn (May) 2014|
The 2013–14 Australian bushfire season is predicted to have above average fire potential for most states including portions of the north west of Western Australia, the north west of the Northern Territory and large areas of central Queensland following below average rainfall and above average temperatures in these areas in the months leading up to the fire season. The year 2013 is the hottest on record in Australia, with the average temperature from September 2012 to August 2013 being calculated to be 22.9 °C (73 °F) which is 1.1 °C (1.6 °F) higher than the 1961 to 1990 average.
- New South Wales
Several bushfires started in New South Wales just outside Sydney on 9 September in one of the earliest starts to a fire season in a many years. One house in Marsden Park was destroyed by the fires and two firefighters were injured while combatting the blaze. Another five firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation as 59 fires burned in Sydney's western suburbs requiring 200 fire engines and 500 fire crew. Several homes and a Western Sydney University campus were evacuated as a result of the fires. By September 11 60 fires were still burning across the state with 25 remaining uncontained. The Marsden Park fire was under control with fires near Londonderry and Windsor Downs expected to be brought under control the following day.
A bushfire broke out on Barrenjoey headland on 28 September and needed about 80 firefighters and three aircraft to bring it under control. About 60 percent of the headland was lost to the flames but the historic Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse was saved, although the lighthouse cottage sustained some roof damage. Another 60 fires, 20 of which were not contained continued to burn around the state including one at Port Stephens that had threatened homes, another at Shallow Bay that had been burning since 26 September and one south of Taree that had also been contained.
- Western Australia
Houses on the eastern side of Fitzroy Crossing were evacuated on 18 September when the area was threatened by a bushfire. The Great Northern Highway was also closed while the blaze was brought under control.
- New South Wales
The 2013 New South Wales bushfires spread across much of the eastern seaboard of the state on 17 October. Areas affected included the Greater Blue Mountains Area and parts of the Macarthur, Central Coast, and Hunter regions. The fires, attributed to above average temperatures and windy conditions, caused widespread damage to properties. As of 19 October 2013[update] there was one fatality in the area, 248 buildings were destroyed, of which 208 were dwellings, and an additional 109 properties were damaged in the Blue Mountains area. 86,000 hectares (212,511 acres) of bushland were burnt.
- New South Wales
A scrub fire near Milroy, about 15 kilometres (9 mi) from Gunnedah, burnt out over 200 hectares (494 acres) in early November requiring water bomber aircraft to be called in. A grassfire on western outskirts of Sydney near Kemps Creek burned out 250 hectares (618 acres).
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- "Watch and Act - Linksview Road Fire, Springwood (Blue Mountains) 19/10/13 11:40". New South Wales Rural Fire Service. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "Initial assessment of Winmalee and Springwood areas". New South Wales Rural Fire Service. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- "NSW fires flare up in Kemps Creek, moving towards Cecil Hills, Rural Fire Service says". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.